A frequent point of failure on laptops is the hinges — we’ve seen more than our fair share of wobbly, broken and glued together ones. This clever but simple hack turns your broken laptop into an all-in-one desktop machine.
Josh had a nice laptop that was just freshly out of warranty when the hinges broke. Seeing it as an opportunity to experiment he decided to turn the broken laptop into an all-in-one desktop machine. He undid the broken hinge completely, rotated the display, and then sandwiched the whole thing between two sheets of plexiglass. The back piece of the plexiglass is longer than the front sheet and the protrusion slides into an angled slot carved into the base.
The best part about this hack is that side from being careful with the rotation of the laptop lid and when adding the plexiglass there isn’t anything complicated to it. You won’t have to solder anything, do any fancy case modding, or invest in a machine shop. Check out the link below for pictures of the finished product from different angles and additional information from Josh. Have your own clever hack for squeezing life out of an old or damaged computer? Let’s hear about it in the comments.